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Paris Marathon training: Week 9

January 2, 2010

Sandwiched between Christmas and New Year, this week should have been packed with potential for cramming in long runs. However, braving a developing illness to run the Boxing Day race had taken its toll.
So, I took some time out to try to recover before stepping up my distance and speed training as the marathon gets closer. As such, there’s not a great deal of any substance to report.
Today (Saturday) I had my first run, making this a break of a week. I took it slow, went a moderate distance, but felt better for it. The next few runs should help support my recovery without pushing it too hard.
On the plus side, a New Year walk on the frozen Shotover Hill reminded me of a very different training ground on my doorstep. Once I’m back to health, I’ll need to take my new trail shoes out for a spin.
Sunday: Rest
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 12.5km

If you’re wondering why I’m not just sitting in with a glass of mulled wine, watching the Christmas episodes of Doctor Who, it’s because I’m running the Paris Marathon on 11 April for The Stroke Association. You can donate online at justgiving.com/lewis-birchon.

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